Three 18th Legislative District towns to receive more than $1.879 million combined in pre-K aid

Three municipalities in the 18th Legislative District are slated to receive more than $1.879 million combined in pre-K aid under Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed state budget.

Lawmakers have until July 1 to approve Murphy’s $48.9 billion FY2023 budget, which includes a $991.8 million investment in pre-K.

Highland Park, South Plainfield, and South River are among the municipalities statewide expected to receive a share of the pre-K aid.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak and Assemblyman Sterley Stanley, who represent the 18th Legislative District, congratulated the governor for continuing to make an investment in pre-K a top priority.

“This critical investment enhances existing pre-K programs and allows for the creation of new ones to help more children receive the essential social and educational development they need and deserve,” Diegnan, Karabinchak and Stanley said in a joint statement.

Since 2018, the Murphy Administration has increased pre-K investments by more than $240 million, expanding state-funded pre-K programs by nearly 9,000 seats statewide.

The FY2023 increase of nearly $68 million in pre-K aid consists of $28 million for existing programs and $40 million for new ones.

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